Climate progress flourishes across Wigan Borough

Save Your Planet Logo
Bringing people together to learn about climate change

After declaring a climate emergency in July 2019, work to create a cleaner, greener borough for all is well underway in Wigan borough.

This year, under Wigan Council’s Naturalising the Borough project, sixteen hectares of species rich grassland has been created and approximately 60,000 trees have been planted.

Six Bee Network schemes have been completed in the borough, including on the Bridgewater Canal, the Standish Mineral Line, Robin Park Road and Smithy Brook Road.

Once complete, the Bee Network scheme will connect most wards across the borough.

Since early 2020, over 429,850 walkers and 141,173 cyclists have been counted on completed Bee Network schemes.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: “We know from speaking to residents that having a cleaner, greener borough is a real priority, and tackling the climate crisis is a key part of making sure that our borough will be enjoyed for a long time to come.

“Having good air quality, energy efficient homes and access to green spaces and well-connected active travel routes are things that have a benefit on all of our lives.”

Wigan Council pledged to become net zero by 2038 and since then, a number of action plans to deliver on these climate targets have been rolled out.
As well as a project working closely with landlords to improve minimum energy efficiency standards across the borough’s private rented homes, a focus has also been placed upon making public Council-owned buildings more energy efficient
Five decarbonisation projects are underway, including at Leigh Sports Village, Howe Bridge, Leigh’s Turnpike Centre and the Makerfield Depot – which is home to the borough’s waste fleet.
This work includes the implementation of air and ground source heat pumps, LED lighting, solar power and energy efficient windows.
Coun Prescott added: “This is only the beginning of our journey, but at Wigan Council we’re really proud of our ongoing work on climate change which spans across the whole borough.
“We can all play our own part in tackling the climate crisis and we are really grateful for the personal efforts residents make too – in line with the Deal – which is illustrated so clearly in things like our high recycling rates.
Air quality around schools has been boosted with the implementation of  ‘school streets,’ where the street outside school is restricted to cars at drop off and pick up times.
Future plans include retrofitting homes to improve their energy efficiency ratings and lower bills, creating low traffic neighbourhoods and building on successes to provide options for active travel across the borough.

Find out more about Wigan Council’s climate plans >